Stay Safe - guide for teachers
Every year, young people are injured and sometimes tragically
killed while playing in quarries, marine wharves and other operations
around the UK. The Mineral Products Association’s (MPA) annual
Stay Safe campaign has been set up to explain the
dangers of treating quarries as playgrounds.
A nationwide survey from the MPA has found that 85 per cent
of quarries that responded were concerned about adult trespass.
In the majority of cases, this was associated with leisure activities,
such as dog-walking, motor-cycling and bird-watching. In some
cases over recent years, fences have been cut by adults trying
to steal the eggs of rare birds. By cutting or breaking down fences
to gain entry, a gap is left which provides easy access for youngsters
and leaves them exposed to a range of potential dangers.
This issue is relevant for each school in the country - as there
is always a quarry no more than 20 miles away.
Teachers and youth leaders are vital partners in the campaign
to spread the message to young people that quarries are not places
to play. Your support could help us save lives.
Safety education is an increasingly important element of the
National Curriculum, particularly within PSHE and Citizenship.
If you are able to build information about quarry safety into
your lessons, you may like to use some of our schools resources,
which can be downloaded or ordered below. For general background
on quarrying, visit our Virtual
One of the most effective ways of highlighting the dangers of
quarries is to arrange a supervised quarry visit or to invite
the local quarry manager to visit your school. Contact
us if you would like help or advice in setting up a visit.